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It’s Time to Man Up, GOP

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This is from Rush Limbaugh.com.

The GOP Damn sure better Man Up if not in 2016 they will get their ass handed to them like the Democrats just did.

We voters sent you to Washington to Stop Obama not go along to get along.

If stopping Obama means a government shutdown we voters are smart enough to put the blame on Obama and the Democrats.

In spite of what Jonathan Gruber said we are not all as stupid as the Obama supporters.

 

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RUSH: These polling numbers? It’s time for the Republicans to man up and stop worrying about this apparent cliche that, no matter what happens, the Republicans are going to get blamed for the government shutdown, and because they don’t want to get blamed, they can’t do it. They can’t repeal Obamacare, they can’t do anything, ’cause it’s an unwritten rule in Washington:

“Whenever the government gets shut down, no matter who’s responsible for it, the Republicans get the blame,” and, as such, the Republicans take a giant weapon out of their arsenal of ammunition.  It’s time to man up and start dealing with this thing.  That’s what they were sent there to do.  They were sent there to deal with these kind of lies and this obfuscation, these con games.

They were sent there to stop this.

They were not sent there to participate in it.  They were not sent there to govern and participate and compromise and advance a little bit.  They were sent there to stop it.

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RUSH:  Okay, very quickly, we’re gonna get back to this and the whole business of the idea that the Republicans can’t really do anything about Obamacare because they can’t shut down the government. “No matter how the government gets shut down, the Republicans are going to get the blame.” That is something that the elitists in the Beltway say Republicans cannot recover from.

“So we can’t even entertain it. We can’t even go there.” I think people who say that are actually doing their own version of Gruber: “Gruber said what?  Gruber said that people are stupid.  The American people are stupid.  Even though they’re stupid, we’ve gotta lie to ‘em.  We’re gonna rely on the stupidity of the American people.”

Okay, if you believe… If you are an inside-the-Beltway media or elected official elitist or honcho, and, if you don’t want to get anywhere near action — like a series of bills that would deny Obama the funding necessary either to implement amnesty, or elements of Obamacare, because that would be a government shutdown, and the Republicans will get blamed no matter what happens, and they’ll never recovered from it, and it’s horrible, and it’s messy — aren’t you essentially the same as Jonathan Gruber?

Aren’t you really saying the American people are too stupid to understand what’s really going on?

Aren’t you saying, “No, no! We can’t have a series of bills that will defund various steps of amnesty.  Why, that would shut down the government, and then we’ll get blamed for it.”  So you believe the American people are so stupid that even though they just elected you to stop this, when you take action to stop it they‘re gonna get so mad at you for shutting down the government, that they’re never gonna elect you again, and the media is gonna have a field day with you?

Aren’t you kind of just like Jonathan Gruber?  Aren’t you, in essence saying, “No, we can’t do what’s right because the American people are too stupid to see what we’re doing, and they will blame us, and we don’t want to get blamed”?  It seems to me that a year ago in December there was a government shutdown, and Ted Cruz got blamed for it left and right.

And the last I saw, the Republicans just won a landslide election a little over a week ago.  So where is it written that government shutdowns destroy Republican electoral efforts?  Where is it written that defunding this part of Obamacare or that part of amnesty equals a government shutdown anyway?  I think it’s time for people to realize — Republicans, especially — that the people who voted for ‘em are not stupid.

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RUSH: Here’s Obama.  This takes us to where we’re headed here in this segment.  This is Sunday morning in Brisbane.  This is the end of the G20 Summit, Obama at a press conference and CBS Correspondent Major Garrett said, “How much do you fear the government will shut down and to what degree does your anxiety about this or your team’s anxiety about this influence the timing of your decision on” amnesty.

OBAMA:  I take Mitch McConnell at his word when he says that the government’s not gonna shut down. There’s no reason for it to shut down.  Uh, we traveled down that path before.  Uh, it was bad for the country.

RUSH:  It was not.

OBAMA:  It was, uh, bad for every elected official in the country

RUSH:  No, it wasn’t.

OBAMA:  — and at the end of the day was resolved in the same way that it would have been resolved if we hadn’t shut the government down. So, uh, that’s not gonna be productive.

RUSH:  That’s not even true.

Look, there was a government shutdown. I do this for a living, and I don’t even remember what it was about.  That’s how big it was.  Now Snerdley, who is a wonk, probably remembers.  All I know is that Ted Cruz getting blamed for it everywhere.  What was it over?  (interruption)  “Continuing resolution for funding.” Okay, so we shut down the government over the mechanism that we were gonna pay for the next series of months of government, the continuing resolution.

The Republicans have been trying to stop the Democrats and get ’em to do a budget as required by law, and they’ve been doing this continuing resolution stuff, which… (interruption) Well, I know. The typical sleigh ride guy at Jellystone got sidelined for a while, but he got his money back.  They all do.  The government workers that lost their jobs for a couple days got their Thanksgiving and Christmas turkeys.

It always ends up that way.  The point is, there was a government shutdown, and there was no politician that got hurt.  The last I looked, the Republicans won a landslide election last week or week half ago — and they were the guys blamed for the shutdown last January, am I right?  (interruption)  The Republicans were blamed for the shutdown last December, 2013, right?  (interruption)  Okay.

Single-handedly! Ted Cruz and the Republicans were tarred and feathered and blamed and everything was laid at their feet and it was a disaster, and what happened?  The Republicans win a landslide election less than a year later.  So where is it written that government shutdowns… Now, granted, in a government shutdown, the media is going to hate you. The media is gonna say mean things about you.

The media is gonna call you racist and sexist and bigoted and homophobic, and the media is gonna call you mean-spirited, and the media is gonna call you extremist, and the media is gonna say, “You don’t like the little guy,” and the media is gonna lie about you.  But it didn’t hurt, did it?  If the Republicans shutting down the government last year was political disaster, somebody explain the results of ten days ago for me.

But I know how the inside-the-Beltway thinks, and it is typified here and personified by Brit Hume of Fox News.  This is yesterday on Fox News Sunday during the panel discussion. The host Chris Wallace was speaking with senior political analyst Brit Hume about immigration reform and the federal budget, and Chris Wallace said, “If Republicans somehow tie funding of the government to opposition to this executive action, is it a smart political move or is it another mistake?”

The question is: If the Republicans tried to stop Obama from doing amnesty by denying funding for this aspect of it and that aspect of it — you know, a bunch of different aspects of it — Wallace is asking Hume: Is that a smart political move or would that be another mistake?   Meaning: Would it be dumb to deny the government money, or would it be good politics?

HUME:  It’s a total blunder to try that.  It is an iron rule in Washington exemplified many times that if the government shuts down, the Republicans get the blame. Not some of the blame, not most of the blame, all of the blame.  And one would surmise that — that they may have learned that by now.  Their leaders seem to have, but there are some within the House and Senate who still think that that kind of a brinksmanship might work.  I doubt it.

RUSH:  And then Karl Rove this morning on Fox & Friends was being interviewed by Elisabeth Hasselbeck — by the way, welcome back to her.  She had a cancer scare out there.  She’s been gone for a month, she’s back.  She said, “Republicans are now weighing a government shutdown to put pressure against the president who seems to be ready to use executive actions as it relates to immigration.  Is that a good move or not, Karl?”

ROVE:  Actually it’s not Republicans, it’s a few Republicans.  When we had the government shutdown last year, you may remember the poll in the immediate aftermath, 17% of the American people approved of it, 81% didn’t, and who’d they blame?  I think it was like 59% blamed the Republicans.  It took us a year to get back.

RUSH:  Uh, what, uh, uhhh, you got back, though, right?  And how’d you do that?  It took a year to get back, but you got back.  How did you get back?  What happened?  You got back because people wanted you to stop Obama.  Now, on this shutdown business, I think, in the first place, this is not technically a government shutdown.  Just telling Obama we’re not gonna give you the money for, say, a driver’s license for these people. We’re not gonna give you the money for Social Security cards for these people. We’re not gonna give you the money.  How the hell is that a government shutdown, for crying out loud?

But even if it is, it seems to me — and I say this with all due respect. I am not a flamethrower here, and I’m not trying to pick a fight.  I am just trying to serve this audience the best I can, and it seems to me that this fear that whenever anything happens, that the media can call a government shutdown and therefore we can’t do it ’cause the Republicans are gonna get blamed and don’t want that, aren’t you kind of being just like Jonathan Gruber in assuming the people are so stupid they won’t be able to figure out who’s really responsible for this?

Add to this the fact, if you want to talk polling data, whatever poll you want to cite, you’ve got 55 to 60% of the American people who disapprove of Obamacare and want it repealed.  So if you take action to deny Obama funding to implement it and somebody calls that a government shutdown, how in the hell are the people gonna get mad at you for trying to stop the implementation of Obamacare when that’s what you were elected to do?

This inordinate fear that the Republicans are, no matter what happens, gonna get blamed for it seems to rely on the fact that the American people are so stupid that they will always believe what the media tells them and that they will never question it.  If this is way you look at — why should the Republicans ever oppose anything?  Because we know what the media is going to say about them.

The media is gonna call the Republicans names no matter what the Republicans do or say, and if our policy decisions are going to be rooted in trying to limit what the media says, aren’t we conceding defeat?  And aren’t we at the same time pretty much saying that we are afraid that the American people are too stupid to see our actions for what they are, and that is, trying to save the country from the disasters of Obama’s policy implementations.  And I would say the same thing about amnesty.

The majority of the American people, no matter where you look, no matter what poll, nobody’s in favor of it. Nobody wants executive amnesty. It’s not a majority position. Nothing Obama is doing is a majority position to support.  So any action the Republicans might take after having won a landslide election, I mean, that has to be a factor here.  They were just elected to stop this stuff, and so they take action to stop it, and the media accuses them of shutting down the government, and the American people are so stupid that right then and there they’re gonna regret that they voted for the Republicans.

And the Republicans are gonna be paying the price for, what, another year ’til the next election, another two years. How did the Republicans win this election if they got blamed for the shutdown last December?  “Well, it took a year to get back.” Well, they got back.  I don’t know.  This is unnecessarily tying your own hands behind your back.

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RUSH:  Okay.  So the establishment, they say they will not shut down the government.  What that means is, they’re not gonna deny Obama any funding to implement his various schemes, so what are they gonna do?  It’s a serious question.  I mean, they were elected to do something here.  They were elected to stop this.  Even if you think they were elected to do more than that, fine and dandy.  I don’t want to get into an argument about that.  But you can’t deny that part and parcel of the reason for this electoral win was to stop what is happening.

If they’re not going to use the power of the purse, and if they’re not going to use impeachment, then what are they going to do to stop it?  That’s gonna get them in more trouble with voters than any so-called government shutdown.  The worst thing they could do is ignore the mandate the voters gave ’em.  That looks like what they’re aiming for.

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RUSH: This is Sally, Richmond, Virginia.  Great to have you on the EIB Network.  Hello.

CALLER:  Hey, Rush.  How are you?

RUSH:  I’m not well.  Thank you very much.

CALLER:  Good!  I wanted to comment about your conversation about the Republicans and shutting down the government.

RUSH:  Yeah?

CALLER:  I actually think Ted Cruz and the Republicans that supported the government shutdown, caused the wake-up call and they were what caused people to pay attention and get engaged, and they drew people’s attention to the truth about Obamacare and what the negative impacts were gonna be. Not only on the economy, but the level of care that we were all gonna eventually experience, and the rising costs.

RUSH:  That is an interesting take, because Ted Cruz did get the blame, right?

CALLER:  He got the blame but he really should be getting the praise.

RUSH:  Well, but wait.  That’s what I’m saying. He did.  The point is: Did Ted Cruz lose any popularity?

CALLER:  He lost popularity outside of the Republican Party but also within the party.

RUSH:  Well, no. I’m talk with the American people.

CALLER:  No!  No.

RUSH:  No, he didn’t lose popularity.  He might have been enemy number one inside the party, but in terms of the people? The voters didn’t take it out on Ted Cruz. That’s a good observation, interesting observation.  Sally, I appreciate the call.  Thank you very much.

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Obama Lies to Grannies about No Social Security Payments

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This is from Godfather Politics.

Obama has eclipsed Joseph Goebbels and Joseph Stalin for the lies he has told.

The sad part of all of the lies is how many Americans still believe this lying bastard.

If Barack Obama and Jack(off)Lew stop Social Security check they will do it illegally. 

 

President Obama on many occasions has said and his Treasury Secretary Jack Lew has intimated, if the government shuts down they can’t guarantee Social Security checks will go out on time and we may default on our debt.

Of course we all know the economics. The Fed collects roughly $200 billion every month. The interest on the debt is around $20 billion a month or roughly 10%, so of course we can pay our debts rather easily.

But what about Social Security, the dreaded “third rail” of politics? Both Republican and Democrat politicians like to play word games with the “third rail.” Yet it is only the Democrats that claim if this or that demand isn’t met, granny may not get her Social Security check.

As an aside, as of May 1, 2011, the government began phasing out physical checks, not only for Social Security but all benefit payments. As of March 1, 2013, all benefit payments are electronic transfers. So let’s stop with the “granny won’t get her check” business. It’s all automatic, but I guess semantically speaking, she won’t.

So why is what Obama and Treasury Secretary Lew are saying so shameful? The answer is that it is impossible for Social Security not to have the money to pay out each month, regardless of the debt ceiling or government shut down of any kind. It is however estimated that by between 2033 and 2038 Social Security will indeed be dead if nothing changes.

Obama said, “In a government shutdown, Social Security checks still go out on time. In an economic shut down – if we don’t raise the debt ceiling – they don’t go out on time.”

Well, that not-so-subtle threat is just that, a hollow threat and an outright lie, and they know it. And of they don’t, they are too stupid to hold office or even work the counter at the local convenience store.

What none of them ever mentions is the existence of the famed Social Security lock box or “Old Age and Survivor Trust Fund,” filled to the brim with $2.4 trillion in IOUs (government securities). They also fail to mention, maybe figuring taxpayers won’t notice, that the FICA tax (12.4%) is still being taken from every paycheck, every week, and theoretically placed in the lockbox.

The government estimates that Social Security will collect approximately $740 billion this year, which according to Forbes covers 86% of all Social Security payouts. If nothing changes – no debt ceiling increase, no tax increase, the trust fund ($2.4 trillion) as it stands now, can fill in any payment gaps for 20 years.

But you may ask, I thought there were no Social Security funds. That Congress took the money (surplus) out of the lockbox and spent it on other things? You’d be right – they did, but the treasury left behind IOUs or government securities as collateral.

These treasury securities or IOUs by law must be redeemed when the Social Security administration has an account deficit.

Obama and Lew are lying so they can turn all the grannies against the Republicans in the next election.

Neither Obama nor Lew can stop grandma’s check unless they act illegally, although I wouldn’t put it past this vindictive bunch. Remember, this is the same crowd that’s removing water fountain handles “from all sources of drinking water along several popular scenic bicycle and jogging paths.”

Read more: http://godfatherpolitics.com/12845/obama-lies-grannies-social-security-payments/#ixzz2hdt6FG7p
Read more at http://godfatherpolitics.com/12845/obama-lies-grannies-social-security-payments/#gujVEvf1GOKd0dDF.99

 

36 Things Barack Obama Won’t Say About the Shutdown:-

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This is from Joe For America.

 

6 Things Obama Won’t Say About the Shutdown

– and neither will the mainstream media:

#1 85% of all government activities are actually being funded during this “government shutdown”.

#2 Approximately 1,350,000 “essential” federal employees will continue to work during this “government shutdown”.

#3 Overall, 63 percent of the federal workforce will continue to work during this “government shutdown”.

#4 The U.S. Postal Service will continue to deliver our mail.

#5 U.S. military personnel will remain on duty and will continue to get paid.

#6 Social Security recipients will continue to get their benefits.

#7 Medicare recipients will continue to get their benefits.

#8 Medicaid recipients will continue to get their benefits.

#9 Food stamp recipients will continue to get their benefits.

#10 Those on unemployment will continue to get their benefits.

#11 Federal retirees will continue to get their pensions.

#12 The federal school lunch program has enough money to go through at least the end of this month.

#13 Public schools all over the country will continue to stay open.

#14 Almost all federal law enforcement officials will continue working.

#15 The Federal Reserve will remain “completely functional“.

#16 The Supreme Court will continue to operate normally and federal courts have enough money to keep going for at least two weeks.

#17 TSA employees will continue to molest travelers at our airports.

#18 Air traffic controllers will continue to monitor traffic at our airports.

#19 Hopelessly outmanned border patrol agents will continue to try to stem the tide of illegal immigration.

#20 Visas and passports will continue to be issued by the State Department.

#21 The Veterans Administration will continue to offer substandard medical services, and it will be able to continue processing benefit payments at least for now.

#22 The Obama administration apparently has plenty of money to spend on closing open-air memorials that are usually open to the public 24 hours a day.

#23 The Department of Defense announced the awarding of 94 new contracts worth a combined total of more than 5 billion dollars on September 30th – the day right before the “government shutdown”.

#24 The “government shutdown” has not prevented the new two billion dollar NSA spy center from opening up.

#25 Federal prisons will continue to operate normally.

#26 Amtrak trains will continue to run.

#27 The Patent and Trademark Office will be open.

#28 The Consumer Product Safety Commission will continue to issue product recalls if the products “create an immediate threat to the safety of human life“.

#29 The National Weather Service and the National Hurricane Center will continue to track weather patterns.

#30 If the federal government needs to respond to a natural disaster, this “shutdown” will not affect that.

#31 NASA will continue to support the Mars Rover and the two American astronauts up on the International Space Station.

#32 All city employees of the D.C. government have been deemed “essential” and will continue to go to work.

#33 Even though the Obamacare exchanges are not working properly, people will still be able to access them.

#34 The IRS will continue to collect taxes, but it will be suspending punitive audits of conservative organizations.

#35 Barack Obama will continue to get paid for the full duration of this “shutdown”.

#36 The U.S. Congress will continue to get paid for the full duration of this “shutdown”.

And everyone else is on paid leave. They’ll get their backpay when we open back up for business..
Read more at http://joeforamerica.com/2013/10/36-things-barack-obama-wont-say-shutdown/#KxKM0QpCFC60o6Xs.99

 

Absurd: Military Priests Not Permitted to Serve Mass Due to Shutdown

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This is from Town Hall.

Who in the Hell does Comrade Obama think he is?

This sounds like the work of a Banana Republican tin horn thug.

This is a clear violation of the Catholic priests First Amendmendment Rights.

 

 

 

While the Obama administration has not quite been known for its respect to freedom of religion, their latest action is borderline insanity: due to the government shutdown, priests contracted by the military are forbidden from serving Mass–even if they want to do it for free.

From CatholicVote (emphasis theirs):

But now there’s a story just coming to light that takes things even further. According the Archdiocese for Military Services, GS and contract priests (who are paid by the federal government as independent contractors in places where there aren’t enough active-duty priests to meet the needs of Catholics in military service) are being forbidden from celebrating Mass, even on a volunteer basis.

If they violate this restriction, they face possible arrest. FOR CELEBRATING MASS.

Approximately one quarter of the military is Catholic, but only eight percent of military chaplains are Catholic priests.

This is just absolutely crazy. If a priest would like to say Mass for free, they should be able to. To prevent them from doing so is a violation of the First Amendment. The government is clearly using the shutdown to inflict as much pain as possible, even when it is completely unnecessary.

 

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: McDonald’s Employee Admits Being Paid $15 to Protest WW2 Veterans (UPDATED 2x)

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This is from The PJ Tattler.

I would like for the McDonalds workers to face some backlash from the public.

DId the unions that hired these people commit fraud by having them pose as

federal workers?

 

Yesterday I reported from the National World War Two Memorial on several members of Congress crashing the barricades set up by the National Park Service that were keeping out several hundred Honor Flight veterans — many of whom were WW2 veterans — from visiting their own memorial. The Park Service claimed that the memorial and the entire National Mall area had to be closed because of the government shutdown.

The same scene was reenacted again today as two Honor Flights from Missouri and Chicago arrived in prearranged visits. These Honor Flights were met by hundreds of ordinary citizens and about a dozen members of Congress, who once again crashed the barricades to let the veterans into the WW2 Memorial.

After about an hour, about 20 protesters arrived on the scene chanting “Boehner, get us back to work” and claiming they were federal employees furloughed because of the shutdown.

In the video below these protesters were marching towards the press gaggle and I was asking them to show their federal IDs to prove they were in fact federal workers. No one wore their federal ID and none would provide it to prove their claim.

Then, remarkably, a guy carrying a sign passed by wearing a McDonald’s employee shirt, which I noted. I then began asking them how much they had been paid to protest, at which point the guy wearing the McDonald’s shirt came back and admitted he had been paid $15.

About a minute later a protest organizer ran up to me telling me that the man in question is a contractor working at the McDonald’s in a Smithsonian Museum — a claim she made no effort to prove. The same story was told to Jake Tapper at CNN who was on the scene and made the same inquiry.

And yet that doesn’t explain why he was paid $15 to attend a protest targeting our nation’s honored military veterans.

UPDATE: Huffington Post reporter Arthur Delaney states that the protest was organized by a group called “Good Jobs Nation,” not SEIU as I previously reported, and that, remarkably, the protesters weren’t even federal employees at all but individuals who WORK in federal buildings affected by the shutdown.

Delaney and his HuffPo colleague Ryan J. Reilly have attacked me on Twitter, speculating on what the McDonald’s employee, Luis Chiliquinga, really thought, and chastising me for my editorial standards in reporting on what I recorded. The video speaks for itself.

UPDATE2: So who is “Good Jobs Nation”? Jonathan Adler points me to this Washington Post article that explains:

The group formed about six months ago as a coalition of like-minded labor groups. Its funding comes largely from unions, including the Service Employees International Union, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the United Farm Workers and the United Food and Commercial Workers, according to organizers.

So they were, in fact, a SEIU rent-a-mob

WAPO adds this:

The group held its first demonstration in May, when service workers at federal buildings walked off the job to protest their wages.

So they voluntarily walk off the job to protest, then complain when Congress gives them extra free time to get some extra scratch from the SEIU and Teamsters to protest.

ConMom has more on “Good Jobs Nation”.

 

 

Harry Reid on Helping Kids With Cancer: “Why Would We Want To Do That?”

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This is from LifeNews.

These comments are coming from a misleader from a party that swears

everything they do is for the chikdren.

DemocRats want to ban guns,video games,trans fats and so on for the children.

There is a special place in Hell for Dingy Harry Reid.

 

 

With a government shutdown over the issue of Obamacare and its abortion funding occupying most of the political debate, Democratic Senate leader Harry Reid put his foot in his mouth in a big way today.

The House is set to vote today on H.J. Res. 73, the Research for Lifesaving Cures Act, which ensures funding for the National Institutes of Health during the government shutdown over the Obamacare debate, but Reid said Senate Democrats aren’t interested in the House Republican bill.

IN a CNN interview, Reid responded:

CNN: “If you can help one child who has cancer, why wouldn’t you do it?”

Sen. Reid: “Why would we want to do that?”

The full transcript appears below:

DANA BASH: You all talked about children with cancer unable to go to clinical trials. The House is presumably going to pass a bill that funds at least the NIH. Given what you’ve said, will you at least pass that? And if not, aren’t you playing the same political games that Republicans are?

HARRY REID: Listen, Sen. Durbin explained that very well, and he did it here, did it on the floor earlier, as did Sen. Schumer. What right did they have to pick and choose what part of government is going to be funded? It’s obvious what’s going on here. You talk about reckless and irresponsible. Wow. What this is all about is Obamacare. They are obsessed. I don’t know what other word I can use. They’re obsessed with this Obamacare. It’s working now and it will continue to work and people will love it more than they do now by far. So they have no right to pick and choose.

BASH: But if you can help one child who has cancer, why wouldn’t you do it?

REID: Why would we want to do that? I have 1,100 people at Nellis Air Force base that are sitting home. They have a few problems of their own. This is — to have someone of your intelligence to suggest such a thing maybe means you’re irresponsible and reckless –

BASH: I’m just asking a question.

 

Will Republicans Please Put Up Or Shut Up? (I Expect Neither)

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This is from Town Hall.

To get the Republicans to Put Up not shut up the Establishment RINO’s need replaced.

The RINO’s do not like the fact Senator Ted Cruz is doing  exactly the people of Texas

hired him to do.

That job is to stop Obamacare and replace it.

By doing his job Senator Cruz is making the Establishment RINO’s look bad.

Instead of joining Senator Cruz The Establishment RINO’s are stabbing him in the back. 

 

For the third time in a couple years, the administration, mainstream media writers, and various Republican members of Congress all pretend there is some sort of budget story in the works.

Government Shutdown Hype 

Lisa Rein at the Washington Post kicks off the government shutdown hype withAfter past shutdowns, Congress gave federal workers back pay. This time? Don’t count on it.

 A government shutdown next week would jeopardize the paychecks of more than 800,000 federal workers who could be told to stay home. More than 2 million other employees who are deemed essential by the government — including the active military — would be entitled to their salaries but might not get paid on time.

While there is no law requiring that nonessential employees be compensated if they are ordered off the job, Congress has in the past voted to reimburse their losses once shutdowns ended.

But this go-round could be different. The bitterly divided Congress includes many lawmakers who are unsympathetic to the plight of federal workers and could be loath to help them recoup their money.

“It’s a very different time and a very different Congress,” said Colleen Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, which represents 150,000 federal workers. “I’m concerned when employees who were here remember that last time employees were paid and think it will happen again, because it’s not a given at all.”

More Hype

Erza Klein adds to the Washington Post hype with There’s much less time to avoid a government shutdown than you think

 In theory, the deadline for avoiding a government shutdown is 11:59 p.m. Sept. 30. That gives Congress seven days to figure something out. But those seven days are, at this point, pretty much spoken for.

Still More Hype 

Paul Kane, also writing for the Washington Post says Sen. Ted Cruz happy to be outlier in shutdown showdown

 Ted Cruz began a frantic effort Monday to bend the Senate to his will by employing tactics that have earned him mostly enemies in his less than nine months in the chamber.

A master of fiery conservative oratory, the freshman senator is trying to block funding for President Obama’s health-care law with a strategy that, if successful, will almost certainly lead to a partial government shutdown next week. The Texan has become the face of an effort variously described as the “dumbest idea,” leading Republicans to a “box canyon” and ending with their political “suicide note.”

And those descriptions were from Cruz’s fellow Senate Republicans. On Monday, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) and Minority Whip John Cornyn (Tex.) joined the list of longtime GOP senators objecting to Cruz’s strategy, which is intended to shut down the government until and unless Democrats agree to abolish funding for Obama’s health-care law.

This has left Cruz in a relatively familiar place, almost alone in advocating a tough strategy that is winning him the adoration of conservative activists but isolation and quiet disdain among his colleagues on Capitol Hill.

The Key Sentence

Did you catch the key sentence in the above article?

Here it is: “Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) and Minority Whip John Cornyn (Tex.) joined the list of longtime GOP senators objecting to Cruz’s strategy, which is intended to shut down the government until and unless Democrats agree to abolish funding for Obama’s health-care law.

Another Wolf Call?

In simple terms, Republican leaders have no intent on doing anything but making noise (and complete fools out of themselves).

How many times can Republicans cry “wolf” on a government shutdown and have the call be believed?

Of course mainstream media, especially the Washington Post is ready to go along with the hype, effectively creating a story where there is none.

I Hope I Am Wrong!

I actually hope I am wrong. I hope government shuts down and stays shut down until there are significant, verifiable cuts in the budget (not game-playing cuts in future budgets that won’t be honored).

My comment may sound harsh, but it isn’t.

  • The quicker we stop funding insane military actions the better.
  • The quicker the US stops being the world’s policeman the better.
  • The quicker the US balances its budget the better.
  • The quicker we get rid of government employees, the better.

My comment holds nothing against Federal employees trying to do their job. It’s not their fault.

But do we really need a BLS? Do we really need a Department of Energy? HUD? FHA? etc., etc. I suggest we don’t. There are countless government agencies that deserve no funding at all.

And to further reduce government expenditures, it’s high time we scrap Davis-Bacon and all prevailing wage laws.

There is so much government waste, it’s hard to know where to start.

Where to Start, When to Start

Where to start is debatable; When to start isn’t.

The time to start is now (years ago actually), but given that Republican leaders have already thrown in the towel on forcing the issue, the odds of a government shutdown are very small. The odds that a short government shutdown would really accomplish anything are precisely zero.

History suggests that somewhere along the line, Republicans will totally and completely wimp out (because they always do). But as I said, I hope I am wrong.

 

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